Silver Teeth

Long before the diamond ever landed in modern possession, it belonged to a man named Gregory Stratford. At that time, it was not part of a ring, but rather the main facet of a decorative hair comb made for his favorite daughter’s 26th birthday.

Much like his daughter, Evelyn, the comb was petite and refined, with delicate teeth to hold it in place. In the whirls of dusty silver and scattered precious gems sat the massive emerald-cut stone, gleaming like a champagne-colored smile.

A hush of admiration fell over the party guests as Evelyn pulled it from the tiffany-blue box. She turned excitably to a friend seated on the settee beside her and beckoned her to affix the comb within Evelyn’s auburn curls.

Now, Evelyn was a rather small woman, delicate-boned, with a tiny waist. She walked with a graceful flit of flighty steps. Not twenty minutes later, she excused herself from the party, but as she ascended upstairs, her slipper became entangled in the carpet at the top, and she tripped.

Evelyn landed at the bottom, the sound like sticks breaking. Silver teeth opened a laceration some two-inches thick across her scalp, and not long after, Evelyn’s bird-like charm grew forever stiff.

Gregory blamed the hair piece. He sold it to a shopkeeper two towns over for the price of a ha’penny, where it fell into obscurity, at least for now.

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Moira is a self-identified space cadet currently trapped in the desolate wasteland of Upstate New York. She was first published at the age of nine in an anthology for children that still lives permanently on her bookshelf. Her hobbies include wine, television, and overthinking everything.

4 thoughts on “Silver Teeth

  1. This is really great! Microfiction is super difficult for me because I get caught up in describing all the little details, but you managed to do that in an efficient way. Readers still care about your characters, but the story is bite-sized, which is such an amazing feat. Most people don’t understand how hard it is to write super short stories!! (also sorry if my comment duplicates itself-WordPress hates me 😦 )


    1. Thanks for reading, Sam! I’m so glad you like it. I love telling super short stories because I get to leave so much stuff out for the sake of ambiguity. It’s a lot of fun to set the stage and let my reader’s brain take over. I appreciate the feedback and I hope my upcoming super shorts continue to do you proud!


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